Middle and High School Students will read
THE BEAR by Andrew Krivak
We are Virtual Learning Compatible!
Encourage reading, analysis, and critical thinking through the interest and expression of the individual student.
Middle and High School Students will READ either the full book, or selections from THE BEAR by Andrew Krivak. Students will RE-IMAGINE the images, themes, or characters and then CREATE a project in a medium important to them.
All artistic mediums qualify: painting, sculpting, musical composition, sewing, dance choreography, poetry, short story, graphic novel, comic strips, digital art, fashion design, culinary creation… the list goes on! From painted skateboards to full-length operas, Read! Imagine! Create! encourages students to find something they relate to in a text and express it in a way that is meaningful to them.
Submissions are displayed in area libraries in the spring, and all are considered for CASH PRIZES. Awards and recognition are presented at a public ceremony.
FREE BOOKS available upon request!
Projects due February 17th
We have an exciting new Project Category this year!
Cook, bake, sew, carve, build a fire, catch a fish, grow a vegetable garden, preserve food, demonstrate a skill, find your way home by using the stars as your guide, etc.
This exciting new category is based in the experience not in the end product. If the experience results in a non-perishable end-product, that may be turned in!
Contact email@example.com to arrange pick up.
In order to qualify as an Experience-Based Project, the process must include the following:
- It must be documented from beginning to end, either in a slideshow of photos, videos, or a written diary or log.
- It should include either a brief written statement, or a short video telling us why you chose this experience, letting us know how you felt about the project, whether you enjoyed it or not, and/or what you learned along the way. Topics can include any challenges, problem-solving, results, and whether the experience was “successful” or not.
- It must include a few sentences detailing how this experience relates directly to the text.
PLEASE BE SAFE and make SAFE SMART CHOICES in this category. It is strongly recommended that Experience-Based Projects be performed under the supervision of an adult. Write Out Loud is not responsible for any injury or damage resulting from the experience you set out on.
Examples of Qualifying Projects
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Write Out Loud offers Classroom Workshops to help students get started on their submission project, or jump-start their creativity. For this year’s book selection, we offer SHORT STORY MAGICAL REALISM WORKSHOPS to guide students through analysis, and towards writing their own, original short story in the style of the book. VISUAL ART WORKSHOPS are also available to inspire students to create!
Short Story Magical Realism Workshop
In-Class Time: 45 minutes +
Visual Art Workshop
A Teaching Artist will lead a class session on the elements of Magical Realism and how it is demonstrated in the book. Students will then use a guided prompt to outline or begin writing their own short story incorporating and interpreting these elements in the style of the book.
In-Class Time: 45 minutes +
An Award Ceremony and Performance is held in April. Students receiving special recognition are presented with certificates and prizes. Professional actors read winning Literary submissions, and a slideshow of winning Visual, Digital, and Graphic art is displayed. We’ve even screened student submitted video projects, and presented original songs, choreography, and fashion!
Watch a short video about
Read! Imagine! Create!
Submitted artwork is prominently displayed in libraries all over San Diego County for Students, Teachers, Parents, and the Public to enjoy and be inspired by.
Would you like to bring Read! Imagine! Create!
into your classroom?
All BOOKS and WORKSHOPS are offered FREE of CHARGE!
Links and Resources
Study Guides & Lesson Plans
READ! IMAGINE! CREATE! Full Study Guide for THE BEAR!
READ! IMAGINE! CREATE! NEA Discussion Questions/Study Guide can be found here!
Read! Imagine! Create! 2023 Poster can be downloaded here!
Write out Loud and Read! Imagine! Create! were featured by the NEA! Read more here!